Gaines already off to a fast start for CCSF

One of the top JUCO pass-rushers in the country this year is CCSF DE Frank Gaines (6-1, 245) and he's already off to a fast start this fall. However, he's still waiting on that first offer, but that doesn't have him frustrated. The talented defensive end is focused on helping the Rams get as far as they can this season and he spoke with recently and updated us on things...

Gaines prepped at Mission Hills High School in San Diego and didn't get a lot of recruiting attention while also not qualifying for a D-1 scholarship, so he was directed to the Bay Area by one of his coaches.

"One of my high school coaches knew the coaches up here," Gaines told earlier this week. "I wanted to keep playing and my coaches told me about the program up here and how they really get you ready to play at the next level, so it's a situation that was perfect for me."

As a freshman last season, Gaines started eight games and had a solid season, posting 32 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss and four sacks. This season he's already got 15 tackles and four sacks in three games.

"My quickness and speed off the edge is what makes me different than other guys who play defensive end," Gaines said. "They coaches like my 'get off' and how quick I am to engage and then get by a tackle.

"I put my hand down on the ground most of the time to rush the quarterback, but I also stand up at times. I play both strong and weakside, it just kind of depends on the formation and the defensive call."

In addition to his quickness and good size, Gaines also possesses 4.6 speed and benches 375 pounds.

"I'm strong at the point," Gaines noted. "I want to be an all-around end, so I can anchor well against the run and use my quickness to get inside a block before they can get their hands on me so it allows me to make a play."

Recruiting has yet to start picking up for the talented defender, but at this point he's not too worried about it.

"My coaches keep telling me to just be patient and things will happen," Gaines said. "I know that some schools are looking at me, but my coaches told me not to worry about it until they start to offer me, so that's what I'm doing."

Sources have disclosed that schools from the Pac 10 like Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona State as well as some WAC and Mountain West schools have inquired about Gaines' services and have had their eyes on him so far this season, but no personal contact has been made.

Gaines is on pace to get his AA degree in in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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